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John Lothian (c.1805-46) began his career as a bookseller about 1824 at 41 St. Andrew Square, later becoming a map publisher and geographer. ‘The County Atlas of Scotland’ was first published in 1827 as loose sheets and three leather pocket cases. It appears the atlas itself was not published until 1829, the date found on the frontispiece.

Although the title is undated the frontispiece bears 1834 and contains a table of ‘Comparative Heights of LXIX Principal Hills in Scotland’. The order of the plates is geographical, indeed the foot of the Index points this out; ‘If, on a general Map of Scotland, the finger be passed through the Counties, in the order in which they succeed each other in this Index, it will trace a zig-zag line from South to North’. Those of Argyll & Bute, Perth and Inverness are in two plates. Many of the maps have been redated to 1834. This second edition is issued before the addition of lines of longitude and latitude to the maps. It lacks the five historical maps issued with the Appendix. Refer Chubb 28a; Moir (1973) I pp. 128 & 141, II p. 154 no. 10.

Lothian's County Atlas of Scotland

J. Lothian 41 St. Andrew Square, Edinburgh, c.1834
Quarto (280 x 215 mm.), contemporary half calf, repaired, marbled paper boards, rebacked with red calf gilt title label. With engraved Frontispiece (margin strengthened), ornate engraved title, Advertisement with Index on the verso and 34 (of 39) maps, lacking the historical maps, each in early outline colour, the last 10 with extreme lower right corner repaired, otherwise in good condition.
Stock number: 9817


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